New layout planned for busy King’s Lynn road to tackle congestion

Light trails created by traffic heading out of King's Lynn via the South Gate. Picture: Ian Burt

Light trails created by traffic heading out of King's Lynn via the South Gate. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Changes to lane priorities on one of King's Lynn's busiest roads is hoped to tackle traffic congestion in the town.

Queueing traffic along London Road, which links the town centre with the Southgates Roundabout, has become an increasingly common sight in recent years.

But work will take place next week on a new layout of the road which will see lane priorities changed in both directions.

This includes extending the two-lane section of the southbound carriageway - heading out of town - past the junction with Valingers Road, by reducing the inbound carriageway to one lane south of the junction.

A right-turn lane will be installed into Valingers Road in addition to the two lanes for onward traffic.

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The traffic lights at the junction will be taken out of operation, with pedestrians being made to use the crossing further south near the junction with Windsor Road.

In order to begin the trial, work on repainting the roads will begin on Monday, April 16 and will continue for five days, which will take place during the evenings.

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After being asked by West Norfolk council to look at ways to reduce delays and improve flow of traffic, Norfolk County Council drew up a plan of changes to be made on the road after carrying out traffic modelling work.

West Norfolk council leader Brian Long said: 'We have agreed to this trial as it could prove to be a very effective quick fix.

'Our main concern is that we make it easier for people to get around the town whether they are visiting or working here. The effects of this change will be monitored and the results fed into the overall transport study.'

Martin Wilby, chairman of the county council's environment, development and transport committee, said: 'We've listened to what the borough council and local people have told us about their frustrations with the congestion on London Road.

'These relatively small changes will be quick to make and could really help to tackle this problem, leading to reduced journey times and making it easier for local people and visitors to get around the town.'

A £300,000 transport study is currently under way to analyse current and future transport issues in the town, which is due to be completed by the end of the year.

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